Disparity between prep materials and the real epp

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Hello everyone, I’m wondering about your experiences with studying for the eppp vs the test. I averaged an 81% average( lowest ;72%, highest; 93) after taking 11 practice exams using ar study volumes plus a one month subscription also using their flash cards, quizzes, etc. I got a 445 on the exam( failed by 10 questions). The phrasing of the test questions versus the practice exams was very different, and there were several questions that I know weren’t in my materials. With different programs giving you different material, how do I combine that if I can’t afford it? All my colleagues live in TX( where I plan to practice), but I’m currently in MN( home state). On a different note, according to the APA there isn’t a significant difference in passing rate between number of hours or study method( after 200 hours it doesn’t). That said, it makes it harder to develop a better study plan. Ideas?

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Just use PsychPrep. It teaches you test taking skills meant for the EPPP vs focusing on memorizing a million facts.
 

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A lot of folks on here say that AATBS materials most closely approximate the EPPP questions (I cant speak to that because I had Psychprep). But folks have passed and not passed using pretty much any of the practice companies, depending on individual factors.

Have you tried notetaking from written materials and/or listening to audio to reinforce it? I used that method and it was pretty effective for me in mastering content areas, then I’d take a full hand-me-down practice test at certain intervals.

There are many factors that could affect your performance, but I’d suggest seeing if you can either change your study methods by notetaking by hand, etc. and/or change your materials if you have colleagues from grad school with other materials to share rather than pouring any more money into practice materials. If you felt like you mastered the domains but then felt blindsided by the EPPP test questions, it might be worth considering whether some anxiety self-regulation strategies might be helpful.

There are some useful EPPP threads to peruse as well. Try this one: EPPP practice test scores for those who passed

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I looked at several major companies materials and found AATBS to translate best. Although I appreciated the PsychPrep audio and learning from the speaker's thought process. Honestly, I know this won't be helpful to you, but what I learned in my grad program was 95% of the info I needed for this test (I didn't find exam prep materials to substantially improve anything except my own anxiety).
 
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Just use PsychPrep. It teaches you test taking skills meant for the EPPP vs focusing on memorizing a million facts.
Academic Review also said that their mock exams tapped test taking skills, and seeing as I passed my first mock exam with only 3 weeks of studying and then failing the actual one after studying for 220 hours I don’t think it’s my test taking ability. I’ve looked at Jetprep and although it isn’t free, in theory it looks worth the money. I’m going to give that a go.
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A lot of folks on here say that AATBS materials most closely approximate the EPPP questions (I cant speak to that because I had Psychprep). But folks have passed and not passed using pretty much any of the practice companies, depending on individual factors.

Have you tried notetaking from written materials and/or listening to audio to reinforce it? I used that method and it was pretty effective for me in mastering content areas, then I’d take a full hand-me-down practice test at certain intervals.

There are many factors that could affect your performance, but I’d suggest seeing if you can either change your study methods by notetaking by hand, etc. and/or change your materials if you have colleagues from grad school with other materials to share rather than pouring any more money into practice materials. If you felt like you mastered the domains but then felt blindsided by the EPPP test questions, it might be worth considering whether some anxiety self-regulation strategies might be helpful.

There are some useful EPPP threads to peruse as well. Try this one: EPPP practice test scores for those who passed

Good luck!
While studying I did hand write out concepts, use flash cards, and took content area quizzes before taking full mock exams. According to the APA study method doesn’t matter. Jetprep looks great. I’m going to see if I can try it.

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JB
 

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Academic Review also said that their mock exams tapped test taking skills, and seeing as I passed my first mock exam with only 3 weeks of studying and then failing the actual one after studying for 220 hours I don’t think it’s my test taking ability. I’ve looked at Jetprep and although it isn’t free, in theory it looks worth the money. I’m going to give that a go.
Thanks,
Jakob

Obviously it won't work for everybody, but anecdotally everybody I have talked to in person who has used PsychPrep has passed the EPPP and was happy with it. I'm pretty freshly licensed so i've chatted with many people about this over the past 2 years lol. I was skeptical because I thought that more was better, and I almost bought AATBS, but was convinced by a supervisor to do psychprep.
 

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I have a question. I take the test on Aug 3rd and I am freaking out. I am still studying. If you don't mind me asking, what helped you pass? Was it the practice exams or the study material?
 
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I have a question. I take the test on Aug 3rd and I am freaking out. I am still studying. If you don't mind me asking, what helped you pass? Was it the practice exams or the study material?

Maybe not what you want to hear, but honestly, the grad school work I did all those years leading up to the test. That was easily the biggest piece. I think the data might support this too if you look at test pass rates by school. Seems to be some patterns emerging not by random chance.

Regarding test materials, and things in your control now, the audio was helpful to me - to hear how the study prep person was thinking through the problems and answers.
 
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It’s been so long since I’ve been in school...I’ll focus more on the practice exams because I’ve read a great amount of material.
 
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